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Bandanaira Bandar Besar Indonesia Cruise Port Guide


As cruise ships are not able to dock here you will be tendered ashore.

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This island group in eastern Indonesia is part of the Moluccas, or Spice Islands, in the Banda Sea, near Seram. The group consists of ten small islands, the most important being Great Banda, Bandanaira, and Gunung Api. Great Banda, the largest of the group, is about 12 km (7.5 miles) long and 3.2 km (2 miles) wide. All the islands are volcanic in origin, and Gunung Api has an active volcano 658 m (2,159 ft) high. Bandanaira, economically the most important of the group, Great Banda, and Gunung Api partly form the sides of an excellent harbor. The volcanic soil of the islands is extremely fertile and well suited to the cultivation of nutmeg, the principal crop.

The Banda Islands were occupied by the Portuguese in 1512 and remained under their control until the early part of the 17th century, when the Dutch expelled them. Dutch rule of the group terminated in 1949 with the formation of the independent state of Indonesia.

Bandanaira is the only settlement of significant size on any of the Banda Islands, located in the Maluku province of Indonesia. The town is located on the central island of the Bandas group, Banda Neira, the only one of the islands with enough flat space to allow a small town. Located in Bandanaira are government offices, stores, a wharf, and almost half of the archipelago's 14,000 population.



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Many towns have taxis, but be sure to agree on a fare in advance.

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Shopping and Food

In Indonesia eating with your hand (instead of utensils like forks and spoons) is very common. The basic idea is to use four fingers to pack a little ball of rice, which can then be dipped into sauces before you pop it in your mouth by pushing it with your thumb. There's one basic rule of etiquette to observe: Use only your right hand, as the left hand is used to clean yourself in the bathroom. Don't stick either hand into communal serving dishes: instead, use the left hand to serve yourself with utensils and then dig in. Needless to say, it's wise to wash your hands well before and after eating. Eating by hand is frowned on in some "classier" places. If you are provided with cutlery and nobody else around you seems to be doing it, then take the hint.


ATM's are common in any major cities in Indonesia.

Be careful when using credit cards, as cloning and fraud are a major problem in Indonesia. Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted, but American Express can be problematic. At smaller operations, surcharges of 2-5% over cash are common.

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The sole official language is Indonesian, known as Bahasa Indonesia.

Internet: Prices vary considerably, and as usual you tend to get what you pay for, but you'll usually be looking at around Rp 5,000 per hour. In large cities, there are free hotspots in certain shopping malls, McDonald restaurants and Starbucks cafes. Some hotels provide free hotspots in the lobby.

mobile phones emergency number: 112

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